I hope this particular blog may reach a beginning woodworker no matter what age…..we can always learn something more as we go through life. I really find that to spread the word and share some of the found history of handtools and their various crafts they help perform is a truly worthwhile campaign. I also am thrilled to see many machine woodworkers becoming more interested in the artform of handwork, it’s wonderful to share each skill electric and unplugged and learn from one...
Second Year Carpentry was pretty great. We are in the last 2 months of schooling then we have 5 weeks of work placement, then we graduate! First things we got working on, the first day! Was framing up sheds. What we did with these taught skills like framing, roofing (last year we just used trusses, this year we actually framed the roof) vinyl siding, asphalt shingling, wood siding, sidewall shingling (shakes) and gable, hip and intersecting roofing. The sheds we build are sold for 1000$ or...
So, the first year has gone by, and infact, most of my second year at NSCC has also gone by. The first year was alright, its hard to remember everything i’ve learned since then, but I know its been a lot. Not just about carpentry or woodworking but I’ve really grown as a person since I left grade school. Our projects in First Year were relatively simple, first being some “task sheets” where we had to do specific things with specific tools, to build our skills with t...
After a month of development based on the feedback I got here, I finally managed to release Carpenter Pro, this time, it calculates how many plywood sheets are needed to finish your project and get detailed cutlist diagram for each stock sheet needed. It allows you to specify the dimensions & grain direction for your stock sheets material, specify the dimensions and the required grain direction for each part you need to cut for your project, and set the kerf amount, then watch this app ge...
I haven’t posted in a while due to business trips, family visits and our annual Spring planting. Unfortunately, the lack of posting corresponds with an absence from the workshop. Alas, my sanctuary has sat idle as I go about my other duties. Still, that doesn’t mean I don’t take every opportunity to pick up my hand tools when the occasion arises. Our newly-built raised vegetable bed is a case in point. Last year my lady and I planted a vegetable garden for the first time....
Planning a Deck. Handling with diffulties to find in Brasil the hardware I have seen in America´s project books.
Anybody who has studied Chinese woodworking will not doubt have come across prints like this one where a ancient Chinese woodworker is depicted pounding on a piece of furniture with what appears to be the blunt edge of an axe. For example the Lu Ban Jing, a woodworkers manual written around in the 15th century, shows a woodworker assembling a table by pounding on one of its legs with the blunt side of an axe. During much of China’s long and colorful history, China has been more or le...
This painting, from 1620, entitled ‘The Childhood of Christ’ was executed by Gerrit Van Honthurst, a Dutch painter from Utrecht. He travelled to Italy to imitate Caravaggio. In fact, loads of Dutch artists took the trip, and were known as the Dutch Caravaggisti. For an excellent intro to Caravaggio, Simon Schama’s The Power of Art is fantastic. He’s refreshingly funny, so he makes art history particularly exciting! Here’s the first part. By clicking it, you c...
A music video of some of my past projects. The projects range from painted floors to a home bar with a built in waterfall. Some other projects include: water walls, fountains, foil finishes, faux finishes, leafing, gilding furniture projects and a faux copper ceiling. Please leave comments and let me know what you think:)
I am reminded once again about the difference between woodworking and woodworking. To the lay-person, anytime you take up your hammer, nails, saw, glue and wood, you are practicing the art of woodworking. At least that’s the way my wife sees it, and when I suggested that I was going to spend some time in the workshop this weekend to play with a box design I had dreamt up, she immediately suggested that I do one of the other woodwork projects that need to be done such as the bathroom ...
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